Depression, Stress and Anxiety - a modern illness?
By Bude Counselling Room | Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 12:23
Depression may be described as
Depression, Stress and Anxiety
feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel
this way at one time or another for short periods. Clinical depression is a
mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere
with everyday life for a longer period of time.
Symptoms of depression include low or irritable mood most of the time, a
loss of pleasure in usual activities, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, a
big change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss, tiredness and lack of
energy, feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and guilt, difficulty
concentrating, particularly slow or fast movements, lack of activity and mostly
avoiding usual activities, feeling hopeless or helpless and repeated thoughts
of death or suicide.
Low self-esteem is common with
depression. It is also common to have sudden bursts of anger and a complete lack
of pleasure from activities that would normally make you happy, including sexual
intercourse. Depression may also alternate with mania (known as manic
depression or bipolar disorder). Depression may be more common in women than
men. This could be because women tend to readily seek help for it more.
Throughout the course of our
lives, we all experience episodes of stress, unhappiness, sadness, or grief.
Often, when a loved one dies or we suffer a personal tragedy or difficulty such
as divorce or loss of a job, we may feel depressed (some people call this
"the blues"). Most of us are able to cope with these and other types
of stressful events.
Over a period of days or weeks, the majority of us are able to return to our
normal activities. But when these feelings of sadness and other symptoms make
it hard for us to get through the day, and when the symptoms last for more than
a couple of weeks in a row, we may have what is called clinical depression. Clinical
depression is not just grief or feeling sad. It is an illness that can
challenge your ability to perform even routine daily activities. At its worst,
depression may lead you to contemplate, attempt, or commit suicide. Depression
represents a burden for both the sufferer and their family. Sometimes that
burden can seem overwhelming.
Changes to hormones, such as
during puberty, after childbirth and during the menopause can also have an
effect on our emotional and mental health. However, sometimes it's possible to
feel down, without there being an obvious reason for it. The biggest
barriers to overcoming depression are recognition of the condition and seeking
appropriate treatment. It is common for stress, anxiety and depression to go undiagnosed
and untreated because of a 'stigma' attached to mental health issues. It is
important that this is put to one side as a diagnosis and treatment will all be
in complete confidence.
Whatever the cause, if negative
feelings are too overwhelming or are stopping you from carrying on with your
normal life, you may need to make some changes and get extra support. The first
place we can seek support and diagnosis is through your G.P. surgery. You may
then consider joining the waiting list for an NHS counsellor, or you may
consider going 'private'. The Bude Counselling Room is situated within the
Neetside Centre and uses a qualified and experienced counsellor. You will notice
a very empathic and therapeutic experience and soon become more aware of how
you can overcome this debilitating illness.
If you suffer from stress,
anxiety or depression, you can visit our website, email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone our appointment line on 07879 651645. The first step is always
difficult, but once you feel more supported, you begin your journey on the road